Council on Environmental Quality Meeting Minutes


Minutes of the April 8, 2022 special meeting of the Council on Environmental Quality (Council) held in compliance with Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 7B.


MEMBERS PRESENT: Keith Ainsworth (Acting Chair), Alicea Charamut, David Kalafa, Kip Kolesinskas, Matt Reiser, Charles Vidich, William Warzecha.


ALSO IN ATTENDANCE: Peter Hearn (Executive Director)


1. Call to Order; Establishment of a Quorum

At 10:02 AM, Chair Ainsworth called the meeting to order. Ainsworth took attendance and confirmed that there was a quorum of Council members present.

2. Approval of Agenda

Ainsworth asked for a motion to approve the agenda. Charamut made a motion to approve the agenda, which was seconded by Kalafa and approved unanimously.

3. Adjourn to executive session to discuss the personnel matter of succession of the Executive Director upon retirement

Chair Ainsworth called for a motion to select a replacement for Peter Hearn who will be retiring at the end of May. Kalafa so moved. Seconded by Charamut, and by unanimous consent the Council adjourned to executive session.

4. Return to the special meeting

At the conclusion of the executive session Chair Ainsworth called for a motion to conclude the executive session and reopen the special meeting. The motion was made by Kalafa and was seconded by Vidich and approved by all.

Chair Ainsworth made a motion to accept the recommendation from the executive session to offer the executive director position to Paul Aresta. Vidich seconded the motion which was approved unanimously.

5. Adjourn

There being no additional business, at 10:47 AM Ainsworth asked for a motion to adjourn the special meeting. That motion was made by Kalafa, seconded by Charamut and approved by all.